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What’s the weather forecast for the Grand Prix?
Dry and sunny, in short. Warm but not hot.
Final times from qualifying yesterday
Kvyat and Russell both take a five-place grid penalty for differing reasons, meaning they will start 19th and 20th.
- Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.303secs
- Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:24.616
- Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:25.325
- Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:25.427
- Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:25.782
- Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:25.839
- Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:25.965
- Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.009
- Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:26.209
- Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:26.339
- Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.501
- Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.545
- Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.566
- Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.744
- George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.092
- Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.158
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.164
- Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.366
- Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.643
- Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:27.705
These are nice
Good afternoon F1 fans
And welcome to our liveblog for the 2020 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s getting a bit tired to keep mentioning the lack of fans so, yeah, no fans at the track this year or indeed for next week’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. If you were looking for a track that might disadvantage the Mercedes even slightly them I am afraid this one isn’t it. They showed their prowess in qualifying yesterday, again, with nobody able to even rival them for pole position, again…
Here’s an excerpt from Tom Cary’s qualifying report yesterday:
It is a seventh world title, an achievement which would draw him level with the great Michael Schumacher, which Hamilton most craves, though. A third win on Sunday would tighten his grip still further.
In truth, and barring a crash or a disaster, only Valtteri Bottas looks remotely capable of challenging him. Red Bull are the next best car, but it did not escape the paddock’s attention that while Hamilton’s time was 0.7secs quicker than Bottas’ pole from last year, Verstappen himself was a fraction slower than he was in 2019.
“We are a little bit closer in the race,” argued the Dutchman. “I don’t say I am going to fight them but at least you have a fighting chance starting third.”
Behind Verstappen on the grid will be Charles Leclerc who delivered Ferrari’s best qualifying performance of the year. The Italian team have been struggling with their long run pace, though, and it would be a surprise if they managed to stay with their rivals.
The season is only three races old but it was pretty obvious from very early on that the result of the constructors’ championship is a foregone conclusion. We have to hope that Bottas can put up a challenge to Hamilton but, you would have to say, that he needs to take a chunk out of Hamilton’s five-point lead here and probably next weekend as well.
Barring something unusual happening, it is difficult to see the Red Bull of Verstappen posing too much of a problem for the Mercedes. Still, a great fight at the front and also in the midfield would make a great race. We often have them here…